The more time teens spend with a love interest, the more likely they are to use drugs.
Those most at risk for substance abuse are girls who date boys two or more years older than them.
“He seemed honestly happy, he was really good at hiding what was going on,” Chris describes.
“We didn’t find out until later how manipulative his girlfriend was being with him. I guess he felt like he was protecting her.” Chris and Jana noticed that Michael was becoming increasingly irritable and moody.
When we remain unaware that dating violence is a teen issue, we miss the very root of the problem.
Another scary fact tells us that violent behaviors within a dating relationship are occurring at earlier and earlier ages as younger and younger children start dating.
Statistics tell us that most victims of dating violence are girls between the ages of 16 and 24.
This finding was at odds with what practitioners attending the workshop said they encounter in their professional experience.
Consequently, those in the field have to rely on an framework to examine the problem of teen dating violence.
However, we find that this adult framework does not take into account key differences between adolescent and adult romantic relationships.
February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. We all have images that spring to mind when we think of this kind of abuse, and more than likely none of them are teenagers.
A plethora of high-profile cases, like Ray Rice, have drawn plenty of attention to adult domestic abuse, but dating violence is also increasing in severity among younger age groups.